Friday, November 25, 2016

Friday 25th November 2016 - Number 1069

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Your tombstone stands amongst the rest, neglected and alone
The names and dates are chiselled out on polished marble stone
It reaches out to all who care, it is too late to mourn
You did not know that I exist, you died and I was born
Yet each of us are cells of you, in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse entirely not our own

Dear Ancestor, 
The place you filled one hundred years ago
Spreads out amongst the ones you left who would have loved you so,
I wonder if you lived and loved, I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot, and come to visit you. 



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Family Events from our database, for today 25th November

BIRTHS baptisms etc

1661 - Baptism: Elizabeth LAWES-10552, Newcastle upon Tyne NBL UK

1821 - Baptism: Eliz LAWS-11981, Westbury WIL UK (Independent)

1838 - Birth: Rachel LAWS-14880, Littleport CAM UK

1842 - Birth: William LAWES (RN 42102 Stoker/Market Gardener) -684, 
          Whitchurch HAM UK

1875 - Birth: Theodore Herbert LAWS-19351, IL USA

1881 - Birth: Elizabeth Adelaide LAWS-19361, IL USA

1902 - Birth: Amy Louise LAWES-2785, Bedford, Hillsborough NH United States

1905 - Birth: Hilda LAWS-24660, Kingston Upon Hull ERY UK

1914 - Birth: Raymond Harry LAWS-11451, Hempstead NFK UK

1918 - Birth: Jeffrey Livingston LAWES (2)  RAAF)-12974, Gawler Sth Aust AUSTRALIA

1919 - Birth: Norman Percival George LAWS (RAAF) -12935, Carlton, VIC AUSTRALIA


1695 - Marriage: Henry JOHNSON-10558 and Elizabeth LAWES-10559,                                             Newcastle upon Tyne NBL UK

1841 - Marriage: George RUGGLES- (Master Mariner) 12353 and Amelia LAWS-12352,                     Ipswich SFK UK

1842 - Marriage: Charles BELOE-5058 and Elizabeth LAWS-5059, Costessey NFK UK

1881 - Marriage: Alfred SAVAGE (Innkeeper/Farmer) -31699 and Eliza LAWS-31698, 
          Stow Bardolph NFK

1896 - Marriage: Bernard 'Frederick' Treen LAWES (Cab Proprieter) -3165 and Elizabeth                   'Edith' LUCKETT-3166, Margate KEN UK

 1899 - Marriage Osborne Thomas LAWES-10184 & Hannah BLYTH-24498, Norwich NFK UK

1940 - Marriage: James Parley LAWS-13834 and Mariam Francis SATTERWHITE-29096,                 Blanding UT United States


1829 - Death: Ann LAWES-29674, NSW AUSTRALIA

1849 - Death: Mary Ann LAWS (Free Emigree/Svn) -8006, Homebush, Sydney, AUSTRALIA

1884 - Death: Mary Elizabeth LAWS-13821, Carroll Co TN United States

1889 - Death: Sarah Ann LAWS-17317, 

1898 - Burial: William LAWS-16512, Arlington VA United States

1949 - Cremation: William Henry LAWS (Solicitors Managing Clerk)-7853, Woking SRY UK

1984 - Death: Boodet LAWS (SGT US Air Force) -16655, 

1993 - Death: Anthony Michael LAWS (Australian Army) -12885, Adelaide SA AUSTRALIA


1841 - Residence: Ellen LAWES-12384, Ipswich SFK UK


1716 - Baptism: Henry JOY-29949, Alvediston WIL UK

1743 - Birth: Edward  Henry HANOVER-22605, Leicester House, London

1892 - Birth: Harold SANTHOUSE-22643, Woodhouse, WRY, ENG



1871 - Death:  (Honourable)  Dorethea Anne ROCHFORT-9292, Pimlico MDX UK

1896 - Death: John Calvin RUSSELL-23031, Perryville, Boyle Co, KY United States

1897 - Burial: Horace JENNINGS-25832, Outwood WRY UK

1927 - Death: John FRANCIS-20278, 

1983 - Death: Irene Adele ANDERSON-14707, Westmead NSW AUSTRALIA


A suburban childhood of the Twenties 

Seen from the Nineteen Nineties

By John Robert Laws 1921-2008

The attraction of boats also ruled one of our regular outings during the holiday. We always went at least once to Brightlingsea, a slightly scruffy town famous only for boat yards and shrimp teas. It has always been an ocean racing centre but was not particularly prosperous in those days, there were wonderful boats on offer, at giveaway prices. We didn’t buy one. 

We just walked in the sun and looked, ate our shrimp tea and perhaps an ice cream, then trundled back to Walton. At Dedham however, another regular outing we could get a rowing boat on the Stour and glide through Constable’s countryside between the pollarded willows in the soft June sunshine. This was I fear, my father’s holiday, again just he and I went boating but then we were off in the car to Flatford for a strawberry tea amongst the wasps beside the bridge. It is all still there but somehow the rural peace is not the same since everyone spouted wheels.

All the countryside was more rural as a much smaller number of townsfolk invaded it every weekend. All the corn was cut with a reaper-binder of course and stood up in stooks in the field.
Until it was cut East Anglia was a mass of red poppies, more beloved by the holidaymaker than the farmer. Farming had been depressed for some years and old cottages were being condemned as unfit for human habitation. It is sad to think it is only the war which brought back a sort of prosperity or at least a brief understanding of the need to grow our own food which now seems to be fading away again.

The thought of the corn takes me back to another little holiday I spent in the countryside. In truth mum and dad wanted a holiday on their own and Lottie took Mary and me for a week to her parents’ cottage in Bocking which really was rural. The water came from a long handled pump outside the back door and the loo was by the wash house in the garden. 

It was late summer but any need for light was met by oil lamps and candles. Little did I know that these were the normal facilities for most of rural England, and that for many places they would stay unchanged for another thirty years.
It was harvest time  and the horse drawn reaper-binder went round and round the field throwing out sheaves and driving the ever present rabbits into the centre until they made a run for it  and someone got rabbit pie for dinner. 

Wages were meagre, but food was important, there was rhubarb under the apple tree and more cabbages than roses in the garden. There were plums in the garden too and home-made wine in the kitchen cupboard set into the wall alongside the black kitchen range.

There were no pavements through the village. There was after all virtually no traffic A few yards along the road on the other side from the cottage a path led down to the lazy river with its carpet of water lilies raising their bright yellow flowers above the dark green leaves, A few cows grazed the meadow beside the river avoiding the buttercups and leaving their squelchy traps for the unwary walker behind them. I didn’t wonder then, what it was like there in the winter time.

Another little holiday that was different turned up when my Uncle Albert and Aunt Louise were home on leave, and were going to spend a little while in a cottage in Cornwall. Their son Frank was a little younger than me, and I was invited to come along so that we could spend some time together. 

It was the only long train journey I had taken as a small boy, about ten years old I think, although the steam trains were always rushing past the bottom of our garden at home, I was unimpressed by the train journey. Once it had chugged out of Paddington the countryside rushed by, very different  from travelling in the car. Leaving our smoke and smuts behind us we dashed on through green fields until we came to the red soil of Devon,  with its sheep  smeared with the colour, then into the less lush Cornwall. 

The cottage was at Crantock on the north coast but not the bleak and barren part. It was tiny and ancient, just a few stone and thatch cottages and a church, but the memory of it is of the peace of the village and the emptiness of the beach where we were able to swipe a golf ball along without fear of hitting someone.
My uncle was reputed to be keen on photography and certainly had an enormous quarter plate camera which no doubt was capable of taking excellent photographs he must have need a pantechnicon to carry it around.
He was the up-market brother , whereas my dad was the up-to-date brother and had a little folding roll film camera just for holiday snaps.         

Continued tomorrow
Lord, help me dig into the past
and sift the sands of time
That I might find the roots that made
This family tree of mine

Lord, help me trace the ancient roads,
On which my father's trod
And led them through so many lands
To find our present sod.

Lord, help me find an ancient book
Or dusty manuscript,
Thats's safely hidden now away
In some forgotten crypt

Lord, let it bridge the gap that haunts
My soul, when I can't find
The missing link between some name
That ends the same as mine


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